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Dealing with Zika

Published on: July 12, 2017

The new POLHN course, “The care and support of people affected by complications associated with the Zika virus”, will be available soon. Read below to find out more about Zika.

Pohnpei Lab Technicians Graduate from PPTC

Published on: July 5, 2017

Last month, five students from Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, graduated from a POLHN-sponsored program from the Pacific Paramedical Training Centre (PPTC). They all successfully received their Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science.

Featured Personality: POLHN focal point for Palau – Sunshine Garcia

Published on: June 27, 2017

Sunshine Garcia is a medical librarian at Belau National Hospital in Palau. Currently, she is working with POLHN as its focal point for Palau, a position she has held for eight years. She caught up with the POLHN team to share some of her experiences.

Progress on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Pacific

Published on: June 19, 2017

Since the discovery of penicillin more than 60 years ago, antimicrobial drugs have been considered the solution to curing all infections, despite not always being used appropriately. This has resulted in antimicrobial resistance.   AMR happens when microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses change and become resistant to the antimicrobials used to treat […]

Featured personality: POLHN focal point for Tonga – Simaima Filiai

Published on: June 13, 2017

Simaima Filiai is a health project officer at the Tongan Ministry of Health. She also works with POLHN as its focal point for Tonga. She recently spoke to the POLHN team to share some of her experiences.

Domestic violence in the Pacific: what can be done

Published on: June 7, 2017

The Pacific has some of the world’s highest rates of domestic violence. In Fiji, 66% of women experience emotional, physical or domestic violence in their lifetime. This is more than twice the global average. In Solomon Islands, one in two women reported violence by their partners. On average, two out of three Pacific island women […]

Featured Personality: POLHN Focal Point for North Fiji – Devina Gaundan

Published on: June 1, 2017

Devina is a senior sister at Labasa Hospital, and has been with POLHN as its North Fiji focal point for the past four years. Earlier this week, she spoke to the POLHN Secretariat to share some of her experiences.

Tobacco Free Pacific: A goal to make every day World No Tobacco Day

Published on: May 31, 2017

31 May is World No Tobacco Day, which aims to raise awareness about the negative health effects of tobacco and tobacco use, which lead to more than 7 million deaths worldwide, including 600,000 from second-hand smoke.

Agnes Primary School, Suva, Fiji (WHO)

Overcoming childhood obesity: the importance of physical activity

Published on: May 30, 2017

  The new POLHN course, Physical Activity for Healthy Islands, will be released soon. Read below to find out more about why physical activity is so important for children in the Pacific.    Today, more than 6.2 million children in the Western Pacific are overweight. Childhood obesity is higher than ever before. Children who are overweight or […]

Applications Open: POLHN Sponsorship for FNU courses

Published on: May 28, 2017

SEMESTER 2, 2017 APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM 29 MAY TO 27 JUNE   Each year, POLHN sponsors more than 100 students to complete their postgraduate study through Fiji National University (FNU). This POLHN sponsorship joint initiative between the WHO and FNU has been extremely successful, and hundreds of students have graduated from sponsored units in the past 10 […]

WHO Regional Director: “You should be proud of POLHN”

Published on: May 11, 2017

Last week, WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Region, Dr Shin Young-soo, visited Fiji. From Suva to Levuka, visiting POLHN learning centres across the country was one of the main purposes of his visit.

Kiritimati Hospital Workshop and Graduation

Published on: February 1, 2017

At the end of January, 46 health professionals at the Ronton Hospital in Kirimati, Kiribati, underwent a four day training workshop at the POLHN Learning Centre. The purpose of this was to learn about POLHN, the e-learning platform for continued professional development in health.

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